Newcastle United’s Managing Director Derek Llambias has resigned from his role at the Tyneside club.
Derek LLambias – has resigned today
So what Joe Kinnear was saying on Monday night in his rant on talkSPORT – that Derek would resign or had resigned – is in fact true, and Joe Kinnear is now the sole executive at Newcastle United although there may be more shoes to fall.
This is the statement on the Newcastle official website:
“The club can announce that Managing Director, Derek Llambias, has resigned from his position with immediate effect.”
“I have had an incredible journey during my five years at the club, including some challenging times. I will reflect with great fondness on my time in the North East and, in me, Newcastle United have a lifelong supporter.”
“I want to thank the staff for their hard work, our fans for their support of the club, and wish them all well for the future.”
A former casino boss, Derek started his role at Newcastle when he replaced then Chairman Chris Mort in May of 2008, and after his first twelve months at the club, Newcastle were relegated.
And he oversaw one of the worst periods in Newcastle’s history when Kevin Keegan resigned in September of 2008, after a spat involving then Director of Football Dennis Wise, and eventually Joe Kinnear came in as interim and then permanent manager.
On April 1st, Alan Shearer took over as manager after Joe had heart problems, but he couldn’t save the club and we were relegated for the first time from the Premier League.
Derek did oversee a positive change in the club, by getting our finances in order, and Newcastle are now in good shape financially, although Derek was never popular with Newcastle fans.
Somebody will have to run the business and financial side of the club – and that’s not Joe Kinnear surely.
If no other executive is appointed it would seem to make things a lot easier for Alan Pardew – but we have to believe this is not the end of the changes at Newcastle.
This is the second big shock in as many days – after Joe Kinnear was appointed Director Football, but somebody has to be brought in as the Chief Executive or Chairman of the club, and that cannot be Joe Kinnear – can it?
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